Episode 15: The Next Great Apple

The race is on to discover the next great apple tree to follow popular cultivars like McIntosh, Ambrosia and Fuji and fruit tree breeders worldwide are taking on this challenge in different ways.

Foxtrot apples growing on tree in Rob Wyles Farm in Washington State. Photo Credit: Rob Wyles

Foxtrot apples growing on tree in Rob Wyles Farm in Washington State. Photo Credit: Rob Wyles

In this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show we’ll talk to Rob Wyles, a grower from Washington State who discovered  the bright red, round, sweet and crispy “Foxtrot apple” which he found growing on a tree on his farm. He will talk about his discovery and what is involved in patenting and marketing a new fruit.

Later in the show we will talk with Daryl Somers of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario about the science behind taste and apple breeding. He will talk about how he is using existing DNA-based technology to predict if apple seedlings in his conventional breeding program will produce high quality apples, long before the seedling trees have ever developed a fruit to be tasted.

What you will learn about apple breeding and cultivars in this show:

  •              How can new apple species grow naturally?
  •              What is a latent bud?
  •         How do you patent a new fruit tree species?
  •         What does the Foxtrot apple look like?
  •         What does the Foxtrot apple taste like?
  •         How is a new fruit cultivar marketed to the public?
  •         How can DNA-based technology be used to develop better-tasting apples?
  •         How does DNA-based technology differ from genetic modification?
  •         How can human preferences be applied to work in apple development labs?
  •         What percentage of trees are deemed fit for advancement to further developments?

The Urban Forestry Radio Show’s host is Susan Poizner, creator of the award-winning fruit tree care portal www.orchardpeople.com and author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast!